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XENA, interior designer

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

When you are busy, as I have been with the garage projects this past week, cats have a way of demanding your attention. My Warrior Princess is no exception!

Evidently, she liked the tiny prints on the pet throw on my sofa that she decided to extend the design up onto the white coverlet that was being protected. SHE was pleased with the results!

As a matter of fact, unashamed and with no regrets, she was downright protective of her artistry!

NOW? She cleans her paws??!

No matter, the coverlet washes up well and that's exactly why it's there. Works for grandkids too.

Enjoy your day! Smiles, Joy


Enjoyed Some Yard Time This Afternoon

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The cooler temps made it so pleasant to be out there longer this afternoon!

Sugar enjoyed just relaxing.
Sugar being Sugar . . .

and watching . . .

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Bear and Xena . . .

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being . .

Bear and Xena!

Gorgeous day!

Smiles, Joy

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SUSIEPH1 7/18/2014 5:25PM

    Just gorgeous .. Lovely photos .. Thanks Joy .. Hugs and Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/18/2014 4:32PM

    Wow. That's amazing!


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TERI-RIFIC 7/16/2014 7:35AM

    Beautiful - so sweet- LOL. All 3 great photos.

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NEW-CAZ 7/16/2014 3:11AM

    Looks wonderful Joy and thank you for the Yukka link- I'll look it up presently.

Love how Bear is keeping a safe distance LOL

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ANNEMAC5 7/16/2014 2:35AM

    Looking good, we need the rain but it would be good if it just fell overnight.
Your little trio are adorable thanks for sharing emoticon

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NANHBH 7/15/2014 10:48PM

    Downright chilly in Chicagoland. Glad your weather was awesome!

I just love your fur babies. Such personalities!

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ANNIE1114 7/15/2014 8:52PM

  love your garden

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_JODI404 7/15/2014 8:47PM

    We should see that beautiful weather here tomorrow -- can't wait!

Glad you enjoyed the gorgeous day in the garden. It is AMAZING what a difference a good rain makes!! I always love it!

Love the kids being exactly who they are. Sugar is sweetness, Xena the watchful princess warrior, and easy going Bear! LOVE them!!

ENJOY the lower temps. Hopefully you have a couple of nice days coming!


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LUCYCAN7 7/15/2014 7:07PM

  It was a gorgeous day and pets loved the great weather as well.
Wednesdays weather is suppose to be super nice as well.Hope
you will enjoy your day tomorrow as well.Thanks for sharing
those beautiful pictures.Have a good night! emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 7/15/2014 6:46PM

    It was cold here. It did rain all day here too but it doesn't' look as nice here as at your place....but I will take Sugar, ans Bear and Xena off your hands for a bit if you would like!

Seriously you have a lovely garden, Joy! emoticon

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Starting A New Streak Today

Monday, July 14, 2014

Well, it;s not really new; I had a 6 minute morning abs routine that I did for YEARS, then I added in some fitness ball exercises, then later some yoga, then topped it off with pushups and it was no longer and easy 10 minutes it had become a daunting 45 minutes that became a chore and I just stopped! I tend to do that, didn't cut back; just gave it up. Lesson learned.

Returning to yoga last week and buying a T shirt dress for a cool alternative at home yesterday both were wake up calls. No hiding a tummy bump in that dress! Even if no one else sees it; I do! Weight is fine, gardening has been a work out but my abs are not what they were. Gardening is great on my arms, legs and even my back but I'm not getting my stretching and ab work which also protect my back. So starting a new streak this morning with my 6 minute abs routine and 4 minutes of stretching. Streaks seem to work for me if I keep them to 10 minutes; I often go longer when hooping but this time I am keeping this one at 10 minutes! This one works for me as I can do it in my pajamas before I shower for the day. Yoga mat is still in my room, waiting.

Just making myself accountable by sharing and will add this streak to my page (which I also find to be a motivatior). Just part of the journey.

Keep moving!

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NANHBH 7/14/2014 10:56PM


I just read SparkGuys email about his 10-minute streaks. Great idea. I think I need to take that up. I work out so hard on Monday & Wednesday, when I have 90-minutes of strength training followed by 2 hours of swimming. On Tuesday & Thursday, I just veg because I'm so exhausted. But, I can do 10-minutes of some exercise to get and keep a streak going. Thanks for impressing it on me.


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_JODI404 7/14/2014 8:13PM

    Streaks work really well for me too Joy!

An ab streak is definitely a good idea. I always keep mine at 10 mins minimum. Especially my cardio. I often have the time, energy, and desire to go longer -- and I always do so when I'm able. However, knowing that 10 is all I have to give helps me get to it on days where I may be struggling. I can always find 10 minutes....somehow!

Great job on knowing what works and does not work for you and making the changes to start again!


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    Joy I know you can do it. I Think exercise in 10-15 segments is a great way to go. They work for me.

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YELLOW09RED 7/14/2014 6:34PM

    I think it's a great streak. emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 7/14/2014 4:01PM

    Way to go Joy ... I do bed yoga everyday's amazing just how much better I feel .. ( bed yoga is just yoga stretches done on my bed as I can't get down,or up off the floor).
It works for me .. Hugs ..
Cuddles for Xena ,Sugar and Bear .. emoticon

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GABY1948 7/14/2014 3:28PM

    GO, Girl! I keep trying to come up with a streak that I can and will do but I'm still just "stumped"...I know just DO it!

Have a great week, Joy!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/14/2014 12:58PM

    I also think putting it down in public helps a lot to keep me accountable. Your story of how 10 min became 45 min and then you quit sounds a lot like me. But, you know what to do and you're doing it. You're right - it's part of the journey. I used to wear t-shirt dresses a lot. They are so cool and comfy in the summer.

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SUZYMOBILE 7/14/2014 12:29PM

    You go girl! Love the ab-work emoticon, too.

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NEW-CAZ 7/14/2014 11:53AM

    Great goal- try Russian Twists Joy, they worked for me!

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July Garden Picture Blog or How I Get My Fitness Minutes!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

First, I want to thank CAZ for asking for some updated garden pictures. I have a tendency to look at my garden with an eye for work to be done! After walking Sugar and Bear this morning I decided to see if, in spite of the lack of rain, there was enough to do this. Pleasant surprise! Some plants are past their prime but others taking their place. I've really enjoyed my garden this year! Both photographing it and working in it. Good day to blog about it as it's in the high 90's now, critters are napping again and it's just too hot out there to do anything! Still hoping for rain.

I started early this spring with a smaller than usual deck garden. Lettuce and herbs. The lettuce is about done and I will clear it soon and replant for fall. It's kept me in salads for at least 2 months!

The side driveway is full sun all day. Daylilies past their prime as is the shower of gold, but the Rose of Sharon is just beginning and soon the lariope along the front will be sending up purple blooms.

My gardens are Sun/Shade; very little in between. This is a little shade garden, started with spring crocus and daffodils now hostas in bloom.

The lawn in the front sun garden is pitiful but the little garden is doing well. I recently removed the irises and new moss roses will fill in that spot soon. The little butterfly bush was needing more space.

The front yard fence is bordered with daylilies, past their prime they were spectacular a week ago!

The yellow Knock Out Roses never dissappoint!

A pot of zinnias brightens the entry to the patio and provides cut flowers for the shady side.

West end of the big side garden, the irises will be moved soon back to the fence and the daylilies in front will go in Sugars garden close to the wood fence now that I know they can survive back there! Both are crowding new Knock Outs I put in last fall.

This is East in the big side garden, note; I didn't do a veggie garden this year. Strawberries, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes are among the flowers. Getting cucs and peppers now and will have my first tomatoes in a few days.

A closer look at the East End of the garden is a wall, well hidden compost pile, and the fence where Sugars garden begins.

This is the North entrance to Sugar's garden.

X's mark the stump of one of the trees lost last fall. There's also a view of Sugar's favorite shady nook.

South yard side view of Sugar's garden and entrance paths.

Far South in Sugar's garden is a big tire that served as a big grandkids sandbox for many years! Easier to make it another garden than try to get rid of it! :_

The South fencline is at the bottom of a slope and just a simple sun/shade garden.

Rose of Sharon is peaking now! Spectacular now; but also a major weed for me! In MI I struggled to get it to grow!

A little patio shade garden:

Ditto sun garden: the glider is a future project!

I try to plan the planting with the view from the deck in mind.
West end of the deck view; I'm told the Pack Rat is temporary:

East view from the deck; Sugar's garden starts just past the wall:

Finally, the South view of Sugar's garden from the deck:

This has been a fun way to spend a HOT afternoon! I hope you enjoyed it. If not, blame CAZ!! emoticon (Be careful what you ask for!)

Smiles, Joy

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CAPONE22 7/20/2014 7:35AM

    Almost overwhelming. Beautiful and interesting.

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    Love the pictures and your plants. Thanks for sharing. Wanted to thank you for your comments on my blogs and all your support.

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LADYJAJA 7/13/2014 4:37PM

  It's hard to believe how, such a short time ago, you were just digging around to get things started and NOW! Your gardens are just glorious! I'm getting so hungry for garden ripened tomatoes I can hardly stand it emoticon

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MYGOLDENBOYS3 7/13/2014 12:10PM

    Nicely done! Colors are looking really good. The hostas are making a great display. The back is look good too now that it has grown some. Seems like more shade now. The Drift Roses are also showing well. That is definitely my plan to have Drift Roses, possibly out front? If you get tomatoes before me, you will need to share and when my finally come in, I will do the same! emoticon Big assumption here that you will have enough to share! emoticon I have extra zucchini if you want some?

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_JODI404 7/12/2014 10:39PM


It is *GORGEOUS*!!!!!

I cannot believe how Sugar's garden has grown up and filled out so much already!

The views are so pretty! It is wonderful to stay fit and enjoy the gardening, and also to relax and just take in the beauty of it all! I love our yard... never stop appreciating the beauty of it. It gets better and better every year.

We were just commenting today on our poor grass! It was hanging in there fairly well until the plentiful rain stopped coming. It's alive, but not looking good. Mid-July in this heat I guess is a pretty good distance for it to go. Wish we could get some more rain to help. We have four rain barrels, but it is a lot of work for Rob to fill and carry those buckets. Glad to have them though, as our water is some of the most expensive in the country.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. I'm keeping Bear's Mom in my prayers.

Thanks for sharing your pics -- I always enjoy seeing them!!!

emoticon emoticon hugs & rain wishes!

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HEALTHY4ME 7/12/2014 10:09PM

    Awesome and someday I hope to be able to garden like that again.. .not sure some say you aren't allowed down with a new knee others say you have to be careful. will find out sometime I guess LOL

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NANHBH 7/12/2014 9:35PM

    Beautiful gardens! WOW, that's a lot of landscape to take care of. I can tell you love it.
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SUSIEPH1 7/12/2014 7:56PM

    Just adored my trip around your gardens Joy dear.. Yes it will keep you fit and fed! ..
I see you still have bear with you .. Is this permanent now? .
Love seeing and enjoying the fruits of your labour .. Take Care my friend .. Love Susie xxx emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 7/12/2014 6:01PM

    Oh, Joy, you have made a GORGEOUS yard! And it shows! You have done emoticon

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TERI-RIFIC 7/12/2014 4:41PM

    You've created an oasis of beauty - it's wonderful to see the pictures. And, yes, it sure is a lot of work, but the results are spectacular. It's one thing to stop and smell the roses and it's quite another to grow them! They are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Also, isn't there some kind of blight that is affecting knock out roses? I hope yours don't get affected. What a great idea to mix the veggies with the flowers. Very creative. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNIE1114 7/12/2014 4:10PM

  Very pretty gardens! They look like you put hours of work into them. I love the use of the old tire.

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NEW-CAZ 7/12/2014 4:07PM

    I am so pleased you posted some updated pics, weather permitting I'll be taking my "JULY" set tomorrow. As you say some plants past their best and new ones coming through- such a thrill to witness.
I have some work to do out there tomorrow but will post pics as you have.
Joy you have worked miracles in your "YARD" emoticon bootiful my friend simply stunning.

And yeah I'll take the flack LOL my shoulders are broad emoticon

Have a great weekend hun emoticon

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/12/2014 3:03PM

    Very beautiful.

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Dog Days of Summer

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Generally speaking July and August in Central KY are hot, hot, hot. For me and mine that means outdoor time is in the morning and evening. Errands and house activities mid afternoon. Today, after sparking with my morning coffee I walked Sugar and Bear then worked in the garden for 2 hours. All 3 of my housemates were in the yard with me.

I just now got back from my grocery shopping. This was my greeting (handiest camera was my phone, not good indoors; not that I should worry. I've unloaded and put the groceries away caught up with my friends here and no one has moved yet!)

How's that for "in sync"? All curled up and facing the same direction!

Had to share. Stay cool and hydrate!! Smiles, Joy

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NANHBH 7/11/2014 10:14PM

    They're really tuckered out!

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LADYJAJA 7/11/2014 11:38AM

  Did Bear decide to adopt you? I don't blame him if he did, you're a good companion to your furry friends. Hot and humid here in Alabama too, and my schedule is very similar to yours, beat the heat! emoticon emoticon

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ANNEMAC5 7/11/2014 10:31AM

    How sweet, I know that sometimes if I go get the camera to get a snap the moment has gone, I bet they are just tired from been out side, Bear looks right at home I hope his mum is doing OK.
Got a bit wet and chilly feel to this week but meant to be improving just not consistent..
I worked on the ward this morning then went straight to the grocery shop so just finished unpacking so have a couple of house to myself before DH gets home.

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NEW-CAZ 7/11/2014 3:27AM

    Loved the pics Joy, so cute! Thanks for sharing hun, have a great weekend emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 7/10/2014 10:24PM

    Hold on, do I see THREE babies there? Did Bear become a permanent member of your family?

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ANNIE1114 7/10/2014 9:58PM

  So cute!

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_JODI404 7/10/2014 9:44PM

    emoticon Oh yes, it's beginning to broil here in Atlanta as well! emoticon We got a little rain tonight, but could use more in the yard with this heat! We were lucky with the free watering emoticon until about 2 weeks ago.

Your babies are adorable! Love this pic!! Walking and gardening and then NAP time!!

Mine snooze hard during the day too. One is a super snorer. One goes DEEP out....very hard to disturb. Probably sounds familiar. emoticon

Is Bear just visiting?

Stay cool & keep making the best of the coolest times of day.

emoticon to all 4 of you!

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SUSIEPH1 7/10/2014 8:07PM

    Ohh Joy ! Just loved your photo of your furry friends .. They are such darlings .. Thank you so much for sharing .. Love Susie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 7/10/2014 6:47PM

    I LOVE it! You are SO blessed to have these babies! We plan to move by early next year and DH promised we can then get two more of our beloved has been lonely here since our left us. I love when you post about your's like I have surrogates!

Stay cool....but don't rush it...winter will be here before you know it!

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